As announced in my previous post, the “Kids Behind Cameras” hands-on workshop and photo-walk with the 20 school kids took place on Friday May 24th in Petite Rivière, a beautiful remote rural area on the western tip of Haiti. This was my second trip to this remote region in two years, a long and strenuous Read more ..
Want to help 20 underprivileged kids from a remote rural area of Haiti experience the liberating joy of photography? Read on, and act quick! The event is taking place on Friday May 24th 2013! Overview This project is about inspiring children living under extreme social and economic conditions in Haiti to express themselves visually, capturing life around Read more ..
This had long been a mystery for me: no thumbnail previews for DNG files when browsing picture folders using Windows Explorer in Vista or Windows 7. I’ve actually erased great photos by mistake navigating and sorting through files “blindly” without previews. Perhaps Adobe was holding back to keep pushing their Bridge tool which many photographers Read more ..
Wanted to share this very interesting and enlightening video showing Chase’s full shooting workflow.
Flagstaff – AZ, not a particularly interesting town to visit in itself but its geographical location is ideal to visit and photograph amazing areas of Northern Arizona. I took my family there in February and with temperatures between 40’s-60’s we couldn’t have enjoyed better vacation time. I was particularly in awe with the incredible diversity, Read more ..
So you paid a good amount of $ for your camera gear and feel very enthusiastic about taking your photography to the next level. Like everything we cherish and want to protect from damage or abuse we tend to stay on the “safe” side when it comes to using it in places where we might feel could be “risky”. Although this is a perfectly normal behaviour at some point it will likely limit your options and creativity.
A few months ago I invited a friend of mine for a 2-hour swamp walk in the Everglades National Park, where water levels were up to my thighs (and I’m not short!). His first questions were “can we really bring our cameras? What if we slip and fall in the water with them?”. Very valid questions and although I couldn’t promise any safety for his gear I just told him that going there and NOT taking the camera was worse than the perceived risk of damaging his equipment. I ended up going by myself and although I did drop a few items in the water (lens cap, a map, some batteries) my equipment stayed dry in my photo backpack.
This was one of the best trip to the Everglades I have ever done in years. Being in the water and so close to the elements allowed me to take shots I would have never been able to take before, in fact, most of my shots that day were taken with my macro lens: snake eggs on saw-grass, fungi, tiny air-plants and other small living things became so apparent that I saw the place in a completely new scale and viewpoint. Was there a risk of dropping my gear in the water? Sure there was, I slipped a few times but only because I wasn’t using the support pole when walking. So as with any sport or activity that presents some risks to you or your equipment, take the time to familiarize yourself with the recommended advice (from park rangers, guides and Internet sites), rules, and techniques, and you should be able to avoid most problems. Do your research and homework before you head out to a new place, preparation is 90% of your success, 10% is luck.
With today’s ultra-low noise dSLR cameras, every one is tempted to use high-ISO values to maintain decent shutter speeds in lower light conditions. Although this might be perfectly fine as people can now take shots that were not possible a few years ago, the art of “dragging the shutter” (using slow shutter speeds) should not be forgotten as it can produce very artistic and dramatic results, unique to this particular technique. (more…)